The Confucius Cultural Week at UNESCO is a unique opportunity in France to understand Confucian culture.
One of the greatest figures in Chinese history, Confucius (551-479 BC), was a philosopher and thinker, political leader and educator. The Confucian School he created influenced Chinese and even East Asian civilization for 2000 years. Belief in the ability of the ordinary man to change his own destiny characterizes this heritage that is deeply rooted in the spirit of the Chinese people, forging its national character. His Analects and theories, made popular by his disciples, form a doctrine of moral improvement. Even today, Confucian philosophy penetrates all aspects of daily life in China.
From 6 to 10 September, an exhibition on the life and work of Confucius will be held. This multidisciplinary exhibition, initiated by the Shandong Museum, is divided into four parts: the life of Confucius, Confucius’ influence, Confucian thought throughout the ages, and Shandong, native land of Confucius.
Chinese Vice Minister of Culture Zhao Shaohua addresses the opening of the five-day-long "Confucius Cultural Week" at the headquarters of the UNESCO in Paris, capital of France, Sept. 6, 2010.
On September 7, a music and dance show, inspired by Confucius and his era will be performed by the Orchestra and the dance troupe of from Shandong, Confucius' native land.
Brief introduction of Confucius
Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life.
His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. These values gained prominence in China over other doctrines, such as Legalism (法家) or Taoism (道家) during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). Confucius' thoughts have been developed into a system of philosophy known as Confucianism (儒家). It was introduced to Europe by the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci, who was the first to Latinise the name as "Confucius."